WATCH: Crew Dragon astronauts return to Earth after 2 months in space; see the historic splashdown

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The first astronauts to ride a SpaceX spacecraft into orbit returned to Earth on Sunday after a splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico.

This was the first splashdown in 45 years for NASA astronauts and the first return in the gulf.

Florida’s Atlantic coast is starting to see the effects of Tropical Storm Isaias, but waves and winds were calm near Pensacola in the Florida Panhandle.

Watch astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley return to Earth after two months in space:

Test pilots Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken departed the International Space Station on Saturday night.

They awoke to a recording of their young children urging them to “rise and shine.”

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NASA said this is SpaceX’s final test flight and is providing data on the performance of the Falcon 9 rocket, Crew Dragon spacecraft and ground systems, as well as in-orbit, docking, splashdown and recovery operations.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.